HDMI 1.3 comes to 1080p audio products in 2007 Blog 11/30/2006 Post a comment This week I spent some time at Denon and Marantz as they gave pre-CES 2007 preview. OK. You ask what does this have to do with Digital TV? Well, they realize that to fully appreciate 1080p and HDTV, you need good audio. And, not just good audio, but audio and that also includes video processing and scaling.
Late to the party? Blog 11/27/2006 Post a comment Sometimes small, non-profit companies are way out in front of the big boys in developing life saving technology.
Is design bar set too low? Blog 11/27/2006 Post a comment
One of my cordless phones has died. I put it into the box where I keep my other dead cordless phones--seven of them, replaced over the past 10 years. Turning this into an engineering project, I decided to do my own informal "CSI" autopsy on these units, opening each one and getting to the pc board. Three had defective keypads, with some sort of sludge interfering with the keypad contacts (plastic migration and deterioration, perhaps) despite my vigorous cleaning with contact cleaner and alcoho
Symmetry and IC design Blog 11/27/2006 Post a comment IC design follows the law of symmetry that states that you get different results when you scale an experiment. EDA vendors must learn the law and use it in planning new products.
Lucy and Sony Blog 11/20/2006 Post a comment Sony's launch last week of PlayStation 3 reminds me of that "I Love Lucy" episode from 50 years ago in which Ricky figures out that the salad dressing Lucy sold in a TV commercial actually cost a few cents more to make than what she was selling it for. Lucy went back on TV to try to get customers to cancel their orders.
Growth is better than death Blog 11/13/2006 Post a comment EDAC is at the center of controversies as it tires to celebrate the latest Phil Kaufman award winner and start a new life under a new Executive Director.
Video format skirmishes Blog 11/11/2006 Post a comment There are many low-level video format skirmishes -- I wouldn't call them wars because to the consumer, the inconvenience is slight.
Welcome Fremont A's and Santa Clara 49ers Blog 11/10/2006 Post a comment Okay so I've moved away from Silicon Valley, but not so far as to not be thrilled that the A's (formerly Oakland) stadium will be located in Fremont. On the heels of that announcement came the decision to move the SF 49ers to Santa Clara. Yay! Ahem, sorry SF and Oakland.
CES Unveiled 2007 and other stuff Blog 11/10/2006 Post a comment On Wednesday (November 8, 2006) afternoon, I went to the CES Unveiled 2007 event that is the precursor to CES, which is held by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). This annual event, which is held in NYC every year, attracts journalists, manufacturers, and PR types alike.
Vote! Blog 11/8/2006 Post a comment It's the day after national elections, and I'm asking you to vote.
I want my MTV (but not while on an elevator) Blog 11/6/2006 Post a comment A presentation by Greg Clayman of MTV Networks on his company's mobile platforms strategy at a conference last week revealed two things: I've officially become a genuine adult (tragically unhip and criminally out of step with youth culture), and our civilization is damned.
Smart gambit in 60-GHz band Blog 11/6/2006 Post a comment
When a group of large consumer-oriented companies announced last week that they would back millimeter-wave radio technology in the 60-GHz band for short-range video connections (see lead story, page 1), skeptics noted the technical difficulties of developing such radios cost-effectively.
LG intros 33 displays at 2007 line show Blog 11/2/2006 Post a comment LG Electronics announced their 2007 product line-up on November 1, 2006 in Orlando, FL. Their impressive display line will cover 33 models, which will be comprised of 22 LCD HDTV models and 11 plasma HDTV models.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 12 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...